Saturday, April 21, 2007

When Stuck on a Problem

Let's look at an activity most of us have done at some time or other. Have you ever cleaned a car, bicycle, raked the lawn, washed the floor or cleaned almost anything. I can remember after washing my car and looking at it; feeling very pleased with how clean it looked. That was until I started walking around the car and all of a sudden streaks and missed spots jumped out at me.

What changed?

It was a combination of changing circumstances (walking) and changing perspective (how I viewed the car) that brought things (dirt) to light. We can use this same principle when we are stuck in our thinking on a problem. We need to find a way to change the circumstances and perspective.

How do we do that?

We could restate the problem in different ways. For example: instead of using I always...; we can think of specific different circumstances when the problem arises such as feeling disliked or angry. Then we need to work on changing our perspective by using our imagination such as looking at it from another persons viewpoint covered in a previous post.

We need to change both circumstances and perspective to be able to gain new insights and solutions.


9 conversations:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

yes i understand what you are saying here and you are right of course. guilty as charged!

smiles, bee

Peter Haslam said...

me too bee. I need to remind myself

Cynthia Blue said...

This helps in programming quite well, too. Something I need to do with a current project.

Peter Haslam said...

Yes Cynthia blue it is so easy to get buried in the details that you lose your perspective. I agree with your statement

lyndonmaxewell said...

Yea, sometimes people are so stuck on one perspective that they just can't see the light on the other.. They need to realize that, don't they?

Peter Haslam said...

Hence the walk around. Good point Lyndon

Comedy + said...

Somehow I missed this post Peter. Yes, this is a perfect example of perception. Our life experiences and belief systems shape the way we view things. Throw something new in there and we may not know how to react.

All the differences make for much conflict too. We can see that around the world and within our friends and family. Our attempt to understand the other side of the coin doesn't seem to work so many times.

Excellent food for thought!

Peter Haslam said...

As usual Comedy plus you add to the conversation. Thanks

erp said...

thanks for this it :p it does remind hehe.thanks again